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Trick or Treat Cake Pop Cupcakes from #DuncanHines

Back in July I had a blast making Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes with Duncan Hines Summer Velvets cake mix. When I was given the opportunity to review their new Autumn Velvets, I wanted to make something similar… but with a twist. I have had a love for cake pops for years and thought how cool would it be to have a cupcake and a cake pop in one?! An idea – and a very tasty treat – was born. Check out my Halloween Trick or Treat Cake Pop Cupcakes.

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The Duncan Hines Autumn Velvets comes with two packets of cake mix – one brown and one orange. Their website has great ideas for how you can get creative with these velvets – making everything from swirl cakes to biscotti. But I kept thinking about biting in to a soft, rich cupcake… and finding an extra sweet “treat” inside. So I gathered up a couple of ingredients and got to work – not sure how, or even IF this would turn out.

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Turn Up Your Look for less with Tresemmé® and Dollar General

Any time I post a picture of The Teen and I, I get comments that we are “twins” and there is “no denying” she is mine. It’s true, all of the women in my family are pretty much clones of one another. My mother and I were the exact same way – in fact there have been numerous times where I have been approached by someone who thought I was my mother. (We’re going to say that she looks closer to 30 and that it isn’t me looking closer to 50, mkay?) 

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Ever since The Teen was a little girl I have taught her the importance of great hair care. As a Teen of the 90’s myself (Sun-In and Lemon Juice anyone!?) I ruined my hair many times over trying to get “the perfect look.” It took me years to learn that great hair care along with great products is the secret to great hair. But it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. You don’t have to spend like a celebrity to look like one. Thanks to Tresemmé® and Dollar General, you can get all of the looks you want for less. You can rock your own unique style and beauty, while keeping within budget.

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Easy After School Snacks from Chex Cereal

Parents everywhere are celebrating Back to School – and we are certainly no exception. Even the girls are excited to go back and reconnect with their friends and get some structure back to our days. As much as I love the structure that school brings, one thing I do not like is how crazy it makes our eating schedule. Mike and I are pretty much “3 meals a day” type people since starting Whole30 – but no matter what, the girls come home “starving to death” the moment they get off the bus. They want something tasty, I want something that is healthy and does not ruin their appetite at dinner time. Thanks to Chex™ Cereal, we all get exactly what we want.

The week before school the girls and I whipped up some of our favorite Chex™ Cereal Recipes to have on hand for after school. I love that most all Chex™ recipes only require a few ingredients and a microwave – so even Midge can help without worry. My favorite was the Honey-Peanut School Fuel, but Mike and the girls loved the Chex™ Apple Almond Bars. Both snacks were delicious and portable – Midge even asked if she could take them with her to school in her lunch box. And since Chex™ is on Buy One Get One Free from 8/28 through 9/3 at Publix, they are economical as well.

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The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide #ChickenSoupForTheSoul

chicken soup multitasking moms survival guideOne of the #1 posts here on MoscatoMom is my “How Does She Do It?” Post where I talk about how I juggle being a business owner, blogger, mom, fiance, daughter, friend… and now throw in planning a wedding on top of it all. Needless to say, “multitasking” is my middle name. So when I had the opportunity to review a new Chicken Soup for the Soul Book – The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide – I knew it was a match made in heaven.

Moms do it all – they juggle kids, husbands, home and office…. This collection will inspire and entertain masters of multitasking with its 101 stories from busy moms like them. Filled with words of wisdom, lessons learned, funny moments and juggling success, this book will brighten any mother’s day.

The chapters are broken down in to 9 categories, with funny and inspiring real life stories from moms just like us. My favorite section was “Laughing After The Fact” because it reminded me of moments I have had with my own daughters where I was certain I was going to come apart at the seams – that we all laugh about now.

My favorite story in the book though is #7 – “The Art of Porching” where a mom talks about how her grandmother used to spend time just sitting on the porch, taking time for herself away from all of her numerous “Mom Duties.” She also talks about how much harder our ancestors had it (doing dishes and laundry by hand for instance) and gaining some perspective when we complain about things being “so hard.”It reminds us how important it is to slow down from time to time, and feed our soul with some quiet time – “porching” as she calls it.

I will admit I have teared up more times on this book than any other I have read from the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. A few stories talk about kids “going off to college” and moving out on their own…and it hits entirely too close to home with oldest starting her Sophomore year of high school tomorrow. But they are happy tears and they remind you that above anything else, the hardest – yet most rewarding – job in the world is Motherhood.

This book would be a great gift for Mom of any age who may need a little inspiration. You can order The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide from Amazon or pick up at your local bookstore.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review as part of an ambassadorship with Chicken Soup for the Soul. All opinions are my own.


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Scotties Facial Tissues Help Kitties Find A Forever Home #ScottiesKittens #Giveaway

It has been two and a half years since I took on being “Mom” to three 2-week old motherless kittens that my friend Trisha found in a neighbors shed.  I took them in, bottle fed them, litter trained them, got them fixed, and took on the commitment of 15+ years of cat ownership. But my three kitties were lucky. Millions of cats and kittens are taken to shelters every day in hopes of finding a forever home like mine, and sadly some never do. But Scotties Facial Tissues is trying to help change that by sponsoring cat adoption events along the east coast.

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“At Scotties our focus is softness – so this partnership made perfect sense,” said John Robertson, Director of Marketing for Scotties Facial Tissues. “We hope that our donation will act as an incentive for caring people to come forward and open up their homes.” Scotties Facial Tissue is known for being soft – like their two new “mascots” – white fluffy kittens. Now through August Scotties Facial Tissue will work with rescue organizations in Boston, MA, Raleigh, NC, and Tampa, FL in order to waive adoption fees for prospective cat owners in an effort to place them in loving homes.

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